Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
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The average nonstop flight takes 5h 02m, covering a distance of 1991 miles.
There are 56 nonstop flights per day traveling from Detroit to Los Angeles, for an average of 397 flights per week.
Even though you are not required to have a passport, keep in mind that an official ID is needed to board the airplane.
Delta (16 flights per day), Aeromexico (14 flights per day), and Korean Air (7 flights per day) are the most frequent flyers of this route.
For Detroit to Los Angeles, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from Los Angeles back to Detroit, the best deals are generally found on Friday, with Wednesday being the most expensive.
Detroit and Los Angeles are both served by 1 main airport. You will leave Detroit from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County and will be arriving at Los Angeles.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "People around me kept taking off their masks. The crew corrected them twice, but I think they could have done a better job of it."
Cons: "Paid to sit next to my girlfriend only to have the flight only half filled."
Pros: "Compared with other Spirit Airlines flights, the legroom was adequate. I was able to sit by my girlfriend by changing seats with other travelers, which was awesome and free-of-charge."
Cons: "The complete lack of complementary water and snack and the marketing of the Spirit credit card are all weird and not appreciated."
Pros: "I liked how efficient and how much they attempt to make the flight comfortable very polite staff and very clean flight"
Cons: "Over booking and very cramped regardless of how hard the flight staff tried to accommodate"
Cons: "It cost the same as Delta or American and the others, once you pay all the garbage fees for luggage, seats & insurance. Be up front and honest. Price your tickets accordingly."
Pros: "On time and straight flights."
Cons: "Just the extra fees w carry on but I guess that's what I get for getting a cheap fare. It's ok still."
Pros: "The only up side is that I eventually got home... :("
Cons: "When I purchased my ticket I paid extra for an isle exit row seat. On the day of my flight I got an email plenty early that the flight had been delayed an hour with no explanation why, which stinks. Once on the plane we found out that the reason we were delayed was because they changed the planes that morning and we needed to wait for an extra stewardess to get to the airport bc of the plane change. This is HORRIBLE planning, if you don't have the staff don't change the plane!! Also because of the plane change my seat was no longer in an exit row. When I explained to the stewardess that I paid extra for my seat that was supposed to be in an exit row I was told that I needed to return to my seat and they will fix it after they are done boarding. Once everyone was on the plane they told me that I was "lucky" because there was still a middle seat in an exit row available... Again I had PAID EXTRA for an ISLE EXIT ROW seat when I purchased the ticket but now I am lucky they can seat me in the last exit tow seat available. When I brought up the fact that I shouldn't have to complain to get the seat that I had already paid for the stewardess gave me attitude like I should be grateful for whatever they give me. Then she passed me off to another gentleman who didn't care about hearing what my issue was he just wanted the plane to take off already. I felt very disrespected by all the Spirit employees once on the plane. Spirit in general is very shady because if I hadn't brought up the fact that I paid extra for my exit row they would have just let me pay the extra money for a normal seat."
Pros: "Cheap flight"
Cons: "-The fact that you have to pay for guaranteed seats together. -Seemingly large number of incompetent employees or maybe it was just an attitude of "I'm just here to punch a clock, I don't get paid to go the extra step" -Can't even offer complimentary water? There's cheap and there's whatever that is."
Pros: "The people and the organization. Everyone on the team was highly professional, on the ground and in the air with no exception. There was some delays because of the weather or something else but they handled it well. I understand that safety comes first and I agree with them. Yes the crew were highly professional. Thank them for me, please. Some people were complaining about the delay and you always find those complainers everywhere but the crew handled them nicely. What is important is safety and comfort, and a pleasant flight, and it was."
Pros: "- Flight attendants were nice. They deserve a raise, since your CEO makes $7 million a year. - The outstanding pilots got us to LAX safely. They deserve a raise, since your CEO makes $7 million a year."
Cons: "- The seats were not comfortable - The seats don't recline back (seriously CEO Robert L. Fornaro? You won't invest in reclining seats? wow that's pathetic) - Spirit won't even offer free beverages (even water) after I paid over $500 for a ticket? (seriously? That make's your airline look so pathetically greedy/cheap) - The fact that you have "Entertainment" as a category, yet there is no entertainment of any kind (in-flight movies, etc.) - The fact that CEO Robert L. Fornaro makes over $7 million a year. He's grossly overpaid...someone should tell the Board of Directors."
Pros: "Crew on plane was very friendly."
Cons: "Crew was so rude at the airport - took us an hour to get through a ten person line to check our bags. Could have gone a lot better had the Spirit employees cared and prioritized those who were prepared and not just buying tickets."
Pros: "Nothing, I was unable to board"
Cons: "My confirmation email from kayak gave me little information on the actual requirements for boarding my flight. 10 minutes too late (still with 30 minutes left of boarding and an empty airport) and I'm out a lot of money because the strict boarding policy was not made clear in my itinerary"
Pros: "Nothing! I never went."
Cons: "Any airline can experience weather conditions but they usually have relationships with other airlines and get you on another flight very soon. Spirit, I was told, lacks those relationships."
Pros: "Email update about change of gate."
Cons: "Spirit is not forthcoming on website about the extra charges prior to booking the flights, and the charges go up substantially at the airport. There was 45 minute wait time at the baggage claim. The seats are the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced in 50 years of flying. There is also not nearly enough leg room between rows. Charging $65 for a small piece of carry on luggage is disgusting. Not having any water free of charge is not healthy for the passengers on a 4.5 hour flight. The flight attendants discouraged anyone from standing or moving around, also not good for one's health."
Pros: "Nothing, this airline has cut to many corners and are charging fees for everything"
Cons: "5 hour delay and offered nothing, daughter had money for food and they accommodated nothing for her, this was a horrible experience and will never use again"
Pros: "Seats uncomfortable, staff unfriendly and honestly down right rude, flight delays unreasonable and no information provided unless you were bothering the poor gate agent."
Cons: "You have to pay for EVERTHING. Their system is glitchey and trying to pay for bags and checkin was a nightmare. Had to try multiple times and then it didn't take my payment and ended up paying extra at gate for one of our bags. Absolute WORST airline I've ever experienced."
Cons: "The flight was delayed they charged me for my carry on because the flight was over sold and didn't do the same to all passengers unfair if you ask me. The don't even give you water to drink without charging you."
Pros: "Flight attendants were a cut above -- calm, charming and very helpful as opposed to the surly hall monitors typical of most budget most airlines."
Cons: "Aware of "hidden fees" I checked all of my boxes, checked in online in advance, paid for bags in advance, and when I got there, gate agent says bags were not paid for... BS. I entered credit card and paid. Apparently payment did not go through. Would NOT have been an issue at all had I not been charged $10 more for the same check-in. What a racket. Even when I tried to avoid surprise fees, they got me. Same thing happened to another passenger. Totally unethical. No benefit of the doubt given. Unreal. It destroyed what would have been an overall good experience on Spirit."
Cons: "Had to pay for water."
Pros: "STRAIGHT FLIGHTS"
Cons: "SEATS DO NOT GO BACK"
Cons: "Night before flight got an email that flight was delayed an hour. I checked flight status in the morning and it showed flight status delayed 2.5 hours. Later on that evening status changed to flight on time. I rush to the aireport to find the flight is delayed 1.5 hours. That's bad service to the customer."
Cons: "The seats are so uncomfortabl and Charge ge for everything and charge too much for luggage checking"
Cons: "Paid $50 to check a computer they told me was too big for a carry-on. Computer was sent on a direct flight way before I was getting to my destination(instead of on my connection) and was left in an unattended area. They told me it was "most likely stolen" and asked why I didn't take it on the plane. Your gate agent told me it was too big!!!! This was the answer I got after 3 days of investigating myself. I was told various stories like "it got stuck at security" and "it never got on the plane" until I got home and went directly to the baggage office and asked them on my own. The kid that actually tagged it said his supervisor told him to send it direct. Sounds like they set things up to get stolen. I will be filing a complaint and claim."
Cons: "The plane was initially delayed from 8:15pm, indefinitely, only to be cancelled close to midnight after there were no more flights out for the evening. Not only this, but Spirit only offered to rebook flights for the next day with no reconciliation offered to those who lost time and money due Spirit's lack of transparency with their patrons. Furthermore, a representative at the gate informed us that the delay was due to a computer failure at the Spirit headquarters in Florida, but when I tried to address this with customer service they insisted the delay was due to issues with air traffic control, and therefore Spirit was not at fault and not obligated to reconcile. I was rebooked for he next day which had a layover, while my initial flight was non stop. The connecting flight has been delayed going on two hours, leaving a 6 hour layover. This experience has made clear to me that Spirit Airlines has no interest in customer satisfaction and instead relies on catering to patrons with financial limitations who are forced to choose the cheaper flight alternative. I have used Kayak repeatedly to book flights with United and American Airlines and have never encountered any kind of systemic failure on part of an airline as I have seen with Spirit"
Pros: "Absolutely nothing"
Cons: "Avoid spirit airlines at all cost. Ive given it three seperate chances, and they were cancelled all three times. Last time to los angeles, they had us waiting for 6 hours before they cancelled. Its not worth a tiny bit of savings to board spirit. I will never ever ride spirit again and will sway everyone i know away feom spirit as well"
Cons: "They charge for everything and don't allow you to pay for bags when you purchase but if they aren't paid for when you purchase then you pay more. The customer service reps constantly try to upsell."
Cons: "There was a passenger that was extremely sick on the flight. She started throwing up on herself, the two passengers that were next to her and all over the floor. The crew had her and the two passengers that were with her, move directly behind us where she continued to vomit the entire 4.5 hours. the amount of vomit and the smell was so bad the crew had to throw fresh coffee grounds all up and down the length of the aisle of the aircraft. I understand these situations happen, but to move this person from her seat to be directly behind us was terrible. Seats were extremely cramped, mini tray table and no seat back pocket."
Pros: "It was a direct flight"
Cons: "1. Lost my luggage and had to go back the next day to pick it up 2. Spirit staff were terrible handling the news and very unprofessional 3. When I asked for a phone number to follow up with the luggage I was given one but told that no one would probably answer it 2. It was incredibly hot in the airplane 3. Snack trays were slanted so everything slid off"
Cons: "Spirit is a terrible airline. I try to never fly with them, but certain circumstances led me to their gates of unpleasantries."
Cons: "I am happy that I booked my international travel with days in between, or the spirit flight cancellation would have been a huge problem. I am not one to complain but it was very poorly managed."
Cons: "An email or text advising us that the flight that was bringing the 1st officer was delayed and they couldn't get another one was not advised early. We had to wait past 9 for an 8:20pm departure to be advised that the flight was now cancelled. The line at their ticketing counter for naturally long and the phone reservation had a 2 hour hold."
Cons: "A. Late departure (50 minutes). Okay, it's Christmas. I get that. BUT, the fuel tank was overloaded so we had to wait on the tarmac to burn it off which caused most of the delay. Also, the plane had excessive weight which contributed to the latter. I NEVER had the problem with another airline. B. Baggage claim. It took forever to get my bag, both in Detroit and Los Angeles. Not helpful when you're tired, late, and want to get home. C. A minor thing. I saw the pilots get out of the cockpit at least 3 times during the flight (1 pilot twice, the other pilot once). The flight attendant always blocked the entrance to the galley and stood guard which is standard. Okay, so you gotta pee. I get that. But, it's a little disconcerting when this happens during turbulence and you know only 1 pilot is flying the plane. Granted, the auto pilot is really flying the plane at cruising altitude. But, it just made me nervous to know only 1 pilot was in the cockpit during these times. Also, the pilot that went to the bathroom twice ended up chatting with the flight attendant after for a 10 +/- minutes. Again, a little disconcerting and I NEVER saw that before. Just sayin."
Pros: "Spirit has very nice, patient and helpful employees."
Cons: "I'm a fairly small woman and these planes are awful to ride in. Very uncomfortable seats. The man sitting next to me on my flight to Detroit was sitting 1/3 in my seat. I had zero personal space. I was flying to MI for my fathers funeral and the airline doesn't acknowledge or do anything for bereavement. That's pretty unfeeling. I also have never been on a plan with such loud passengers. It sounded like everyone was talking. People where listening to videos out loud without headphones and they never turned the lights all the way down eventhough it was a late flight (8pm to 1am). Also: Nowhere to plug devices in. No entertainment. Not even water is free. They only take credit card so if you are desperately in need of water and only have cash you are screwed. Charges for every carry on bag."
Pros: "Flight was delayed an hour. Original boarding time was 9:30pm, gate agent told me (and the screen said) New boarding time was set 10:30. I went to a restaurant and edited some pics. Came back at 10:00 and the plane took off at 9:45. The salt to the wound is the fact that I was negotiating a new flight or deciding if I wanted my money back and they called the cops because it was after 12 (when they close). Needless to say I'm not in Michigan and you ruined my thanksgiving plans, didn't even apologize and called the police on me. I think I would rather recommend someone put their own genitals in a vice before doing business with you pieces of sh*t."
Cons: "Flight was delayed an hour. Original boarding time was 9:30pm, gate agent told me (and the screen said) New boarding time was set 10:30. I went to a restaurant and edited some pics. Came back at 10:00 and the plane took off at 9:45. The salt to the wound is the fact that I was negotiating a new flight or deciding if I wanted my money back and they called the cops because it was after 12 (when they close). Needless to say I'm not in Michigan and you ruined my thanksgiving plans, didn't even apologize and called the police on me. I think I would rather recommend someone put their own genitals in a vice before doing business with you pieces of sh*t."
Pros: "ticket price was cheap"
Cons: "- Spirit charges for every little thing, which doesn't make the flight cheaper in the long run - checked bag fees and charges for carry-on are really high - flights were delayed - baggage took over an hour to come out - seats don't recline - very little leg room and space in the aisle - staff was disinterested"
Pros: "We landed safe."
Cons: "I needed to change my flight to a later time within minjtes of booking and they charged me for it. The delay was over two hrs w no explanation, $100 charges for a backpack, seats do not recline, narrow space, $3 for water,, there were emty seats and was told I would have to pay $75 is I moved from my broken seat. staff is rude, disrespectful and unprofessional. Overall , I have travleled the world in all kinds of flights and by far the worst experience I have ever had was flying SPIRIT Air. I will avoid flying Spirit unless it tis my last option...which I may cosider not flying at all. Zero Stars"
Pros: "Spirit was significantly cheaper than other airlines when I was looking to purchase tickets. Online purchase and check-in are easy on their site. Boarding was smooth. All staff were friendly and helpful. Overall, it's a great option for shorter flights, or those who don't mind omitting some of the comforts of other airlines for a better price."
Cons: "The seats leave something to be desired - they've got very little legroom, don't recline at all, and are thin (you can really feel people putting things into the seat pocket behind you)."
Pros: "1. Cheap fare even with huge baggage fees 2. Direct flight"
Cons: "1. The bag drop line was longer than the Security line 2. It was not made clear that you needed a paper boarding pass until I was too far in the line to be able to leave it and get back in line and get through security and make my flight 3. You charge for water....on a 5 hour flight 4. Tight leg room makes it hard to get in and out of seats"
Pros: "Great customer service from Airport Personnel"
Cons: "Luggage fees, extremely uncomfortable seats, In flight fees and no interest in assisting with basic needs as simple as water"
Cons: "I paid extra to get the seat by the emergency door which is a bigger seat with more leg room.They took my money and said they would give him the seat but they did not give it to him."
Pros: "I did not like one single thing."
Cons: "Where do I begin with what I did not like? I actually considered NOT responding or offering feedback because I do not believe SPIRIT will make ANY changes. 1. Are you kidding me? Cats getting loose in the cabin; yapping dogs barking throughout the flight? How does this serve your PAX? Especially a late night flight when pax are sleeping and others have cat allergies? Your FAs who are primarily available for safety is looking under seats with a flashlight to find the escapee-cat! 2. Cabin temperature so cold my seat mate and myself could not get comfortable. I asked the FA if she could adjust it to something warmer and she said "sure" but again it was so cold several pax were reaching for their bags and taking out whatever clothing could help them stay warm. 3. Food? What food? Paying $4 and $6 for snacks! Pure and simple price gouging. Shame on you. 4. Paid ahead for two bags. Ended up needing to check only one bag and the ticket agent assured me there was nothing she could do to refund the additional (unneeded) fee for a second bag I did not need to check. Really? I am sure if I owed SPIRIT even ten cents you'd come after me for it. 5. Overheard FA talk about the pilots on a flight she had worked over the 4th of July allowing the FAs to sit in the cockpit during a flight and watch the fireworks. Reallly? On a part 135 flight with a full cabin of pax? 6. Heard same FA talking about being relegated to reserve lines out of LAS and how unhappy she was about the inability to bid a line. Seriously? Where on earth is your employee's sense of professionalism? 7. Older male FA working the flight in the front section and handling "food" while coughing and hacking and blowing his nose throughout the flight. NOT once did he wash his hands. NOT once. I find this especially lacking in decorum since he was handling food and in close proximity with pax. My family and I log hundreds of thousands of miles flying each year. I will never fly SPIRIT again. Never."
Pros: "helpful main airport desk personnel at check-in in Detroit"
Cons: "Spirit Air airport desk, check-in was chaotic, personnel a bit surly, gate check-in disorganized, luggage temporarily "lost" in Detroit."
Cons: "The in-flight "service," the seating, the pricing of food, the waiting times."
Pros: "Nothing, prices were not even that cheap and after bag fees and other hidden fees it was a complete scam"
Cons: "Everything. Seats don't recline. No water. Bad staff. Terrible pricing strategy"
Cons: "Price gouged every step of the way, spirit airlines should not even be permitted to operate. Expect to pay $50 or more if you should be so brazen to want to bring luggage. Checked bags wouldn't be an unusual charge but even a carry on bag has a price tag. For the ridiculously high price for a one way ticket, not even so much as a complimentary cup of water was offered. No in flight entertainment, not even a flight magazine or skymall. The horribly uncomfortable seats were too narrow, and 11 inches apart from the rows ahead. I'm a short person and even I had my knees against the seat in front of me. On top of that they don't even recline. A passenger behind me was listening to headphones so loud that it was clearly audible to three rows in any direction. At one point an attendant asked him to turn it down, but within an hour he had them back up for the rest of the trip, with an "I tried" shrug from the attendant. Before landing another attempt at pandering for money was made in the form of signing up for frequent flyer miles, by purchasing spirit membership. I will never fly spirit again and would strongly urge anyone to shop around before considering spirit as their airline."
Pros: "The airline attendant was willing to laugh at the situation and understood us- made fun of how cheap the airline was"
Cons: "The flight kept changing times, sending me notices, finally hours late and hours after the entire airport was closed we boarded and pushed off, then the plane broke. Two more hours we boarded another plane, landing at 1:30am- then when trying to exit the jet bridge broke leaving us in the plane longer."
Cons: "terrible planning. terrible service. ridiculous airline."
Airlines flying from Detroit to Los Angeles have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
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